13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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13 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
New Plymouth
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Wellington
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Levin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Napier
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Taupo
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
6
Rotorua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Matamata
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Hamilton
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Kerikeri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Waipu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
Auckland
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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New Plymouth

New Plymouth ©
Where other cities run, New Plymouth prefers to stroll.
On the 3rd (Mon), engage your brain at Puke Ariki, then get to know the resident critters at Pukekura Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brooklands Zoo, and finally examine the collection at Hurworth Cottage.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the New Plymouth trip builder app .

Sydney, Australia to New Plymouth is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Sydney to New Plymouth due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Wellington.

Things to do in New Plymouth

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Pukekura Park ©
Pukekura Park
Puke Ariki ©
Puke Ariki
Brooklands Zoo ©
Brooklands Zoo

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Wellington

Wellington ©
Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Wellington Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old St Paul's, then kick back and relax at Oriental Bay, and finally examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Wellington travel route planner .

Fly from New Plymouth to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Levin.

Things to do in Wellington

Museums Outdoors Nature
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Wellington Museum ©
Wellington Museum
Oriental Bay ©
Oriental Bay

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Levin

Levin ©
Levin is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at De Molen, Windmill, identify plant and animal life at Owlcatraz, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Waiopehu Bush Reserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Levin road trip site .

You can drive from Wellington to Levin in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Wellington in February, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Levin: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Napier.

Things to do in Levin

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Owlcatraz, De Molen, Windmill
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Owlcatraz ©
Owlcatraz
De Molen, Windmill ©
De Molen, Windmill

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Napier

Enjoy the atmosphere and architecture of 1930s design in Napier, one of the best-preserved Art Deco cities in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Marine Parade, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and then learn about winemaking at Moana Park Winery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Napier trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Levin to Napier in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taupo.

Things to do in Napier

Tours Wineries
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Moana Park Winery ©
Moana Park Winery
Marine Parade ©
Marine Parade

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Taupo

Taupo ©
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Great Lake Taupo, then take in the dramatic scenery at Huka Falls Walkway, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Taupo itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Napier to Taupo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Rotorua.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Huka Falls Walkway ©
Huka Falls Walkway
Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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Rotorua

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
On the 8th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, then do a tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery, then make a trip to Te Puia, and finally identify plant and animal life at Redwoods Treewalk.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rotorua online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Taupo to Rotorua by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In February, daily temperatures in Rotorua can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Matamata.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Zipline
Redwoods Treewalk ©
Redwoods Treewalk
Te Puia ©
Te Puia

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Matamata

Matamata ©
Matamata is a town in the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): have fun at Swim Zone Matamata and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wairere Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Matamata vacation maker site .

You can drive from Rotorua to Matamata in an hour. In February, daily temperatures in Matamata can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Hamilton.

Things to do in Matamata

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Wairere Falls
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Wairere Falls ©
Wairere Falls
Swim Zone Matamata ©
Swim Zone Matamata

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Hamilton

Hamilton ©
On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at The Sculpture Park.

Plan my day in Hamilton using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Matamata to Hamilton by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Hamilton

Wildlife Museums Parks
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The Sculpture Park ©
The Sculpture Park

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Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. On the 10th (Mon), make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kerikeri day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Hamilton to Kerikeri takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Paihia
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Te Paki Sand Dunes and then don't miss a visit to Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cape Reinga trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Cape Reinga takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Whangarei.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Te Paki Sand Dunes
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Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk

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Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 12th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Kiwi North - Kiwi House, Museum & Heritage Park, then have fun at Adventure Forest, and then admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Whangarei in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waipu.

Things to do in Whangarei

Fun & Games Nature Parks
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Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls
Adventure Forest ©
Adventure Forest

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Waipu

Waipu ©
Waipu is a small town in Bream Bay, in the Northland Region of New Zealand, with a Scottish heritage. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): Head underground at Waipu Cave and then stroll through Uretiti Beach.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Waipu trip website .

You can drive from Whangarei to Waipu in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Auckland.

Things to do in Waipu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave

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Auckland

Auckland ©
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Nelson Street Cycleway.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Auckland trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Waipu to Auckland takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Auckland

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cheltenham Beach
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Mission Bay Beach ©
Mission Bay Beach
Cheltenham Beach ©
Cheltenham Beach

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